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Leonard Marshall wants to share the good news of CBD with the world. The retired NFL player recently announced that he wants to bring a cannabis product to the market as soon as possible. In addition he also shared that he currently uses CBD to find relief from terrible headaches, and he will join the campaign to encourage the NFL to rethink its rules on cannabis use.

Currently the NFL makes no allowances for players to use medical cannabis products, while allowing a swollen river of opioid products to flow through the team doctor’s office. In addition to using cannabis for pain relief, cannabinoids have been shown to be neuroprotective, but still some dispute if CBD can help football players.

Cannabinoid’s potential ability to repair brain damage could be the saving grace of a whole generation of retired football players. Marshall was a once a pillar of the NFL Giants, who was such a force on the field that he was “worried he’d actually kill an opponent and get charged with committing murder on the field.”

Delivering hits like that are bound to leave both the receiver and the provider of the hit with some sort damage.

Marshall has partnered with HometowneRx, whose director of pharmacy Aisha Bhatti wants their company to “be the first in the market to provide a product or develop one with Leonard.” CBD has been a huge help to Marshall, providing real relief from “daily and constant” headaches.

In his own words Marshall clearly explained his personal experience with CBD after having the chemical sent to him by a friend saying, “within a few days of using it, I found some significant relief. My headaches are gone. I used to have a bunch of headaches in the course of a day.”

It is no surprise that Marshall wants to share such good news with the whole world, especially his fellow NFL retirees! CBD can provide medical efficacy without any intoxicating mind-altering side effects, a point Marshall finds especially important.

We as a country are at the tipping point when it comes to CBD. The FDA may approve natural THC for use in treating epilepsy soon, which would open up doctors to prescribe the drug for off label uses as they see appropriate.

The DEA has been rumored to be considering removing parts of the cannabis plant, like CBD, from Schedule I. Marshall and HometowneRx hope to be positioned to be one of the first to the market with an effective product if either of these things happen.

But why? Why would Marshall put his reputation at risk to promote something with such a negative stigma? In retirement, most players are closer to middle class than you may guess. Marshall describes life post-NFL as “divorce without alimony,” as a testimony to the sudden lack of earning power athletes face at retirement.

So then why would someone like Marshall put his reputation at risk? After experiencing medical efficacy and real relief from CBD first-hand, Marshall simply wants his fellow retired NFL players to have access to what he sees as a medicine.

Dave Duerson is one of the many retired NFL players who suffered the ravages of neurodegenerative disease, and ultimately ended his own life in 2011. Dave was a close friend of Marshall, whose death came as a shock to everyone.

Marshall began experiencing his own symptoms of a neurological change around 2007, which lead him to think to himself, “if it’s happening to them, it’s going to end up happening to you. You had just as many collisions if not more than they had.”

Today Marshall proactively treats himself with CBD, and believes in the chemical so much he is willing to stake his reputation on it, and be a champion for the medical cannabis movement.

Have you found relief through CBD? Tell us your thoughts on Leonard Marshall and CBD in the comments below or on Facebook!

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